5 Ways Extra Storage Protects Your Relationships

Storage solutions don’t just make your home and office spaces look better. Extra storage also protects your relationships from many common sources of tension. Look at a few of the ways you can keep your possessions from coming in between you and the people you care about.

5 Ways Extra Storage Protects Your Relationships

Reconcile different styles. As much as you love your spouse, you may have very different expectations about housekeeping. Having a storage unit can make you both happy. One of you gets to enjoy a living room free of Star Wars memorabilia while the other feels comfortable knowing that their collectibles are in a safe place.

Combine households. Setting up house together means knowing how to compromise. Negotiating which bedroom set to keep, and which to put in storage is good practice for your future.

Break up gracefully. On the other hand, not all relationships are destined to last forever, and some people do manage to remain friends. That’s more likely if your stuff is stored off-site instead of in your ex’s garage.

Keep your family healthy. Maintaining a clean house is a lot easier without piles of stuff in the way. Clearing off floors and stairs also reduces the risk of falls.

Entertain more. Hang onto your friends and expand your professional network by being a good host. Stop using your dining room table for storage, and start throwing more parties.

If your relationships are priceless, how much would you be willing to pay for extra storage? Fortunately, our competitively priced self-storage units provide a value far beyond their cost. Contact us today to learn more.

Seasonal Self Storage When You Need Extra Storage Space

Do you have limited storage space at your residence? Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or single family home, it’s a likely bet that you’ve discovered that storage space is something you never seem to have enough of. Even if you are fortunate enough to have a three-car garage and a basement, you still probably find yourself wishing for more available storage space.

Seasonal Self Storage When You Need Extra Storage Space

This need for more storage grows exponentially as your family grows in number and in age. The storage units available at Party Barn Self Storage can help you with your various storage needs. This is especially true as you and your family reorganize closets, backyard patios, garages, and decorations for the beginning of a new season.

At Party Barn Self Storage, we understand that decorating your house with all of the holiday trimmings is what helps make Thanksgiving and Christmas one of the most wonderful times of the year. Unfortunately, storing all of the lights, trees, snowmen, lawn deer, inflatable sleighs, etc. for the other 11 months of the year isn’t a wonderful time. Why should you be forced to give up 1/3 of your garage space storing stuff that isn’t going to get used for most of the year? Party Barn Self Storage can store it for you in any one of our variously sized units. Imagine all of that newly freed up garage space.

As you put away those Christmas decorations, be sure to swap them out for all of the winter toys that you are no longer storing in another section of the garage. Put away the Christmas trees, and pull out the skis, snowboards, sleds, and even snowmobiles. Having those toys is great fun, but having to store them during lake and river season is a pain. Let Party Barn Self Storage worry about keeping your stuff safe, dry, and out of your way.

If you have those kinds of snow toys, chances are that you also have a snow blower. Pull that out of your storage space, and put away the lawn mower that you aren’t going to use for a few months. Bring the fertilizer bags with you and bring home the salt bags for your driveway and sidewalks. Sure, you could store all of those items in a backyard storage shed that you had to build.  But why give up potential play space for your kids? Plus, our storage units are big enough for you to store the barbecue and patio furniture instead of leaving it outside to rot.

As seasons change, so do wardrobes. Whether you are breaking out the winter boots or the summer swimming suits, there is no reason to fill hangar and drawer space with clothes that you are not going to wear for the next few months. Keep your wardrobes filled and organized with clothes you need, and store the rest at Party Barn Self Storage. We’ve got all of your seasonal storage needs taken care of.

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Breaking News: Storage Boxes Matter!

Boxes Can Be Your Friend! Or…….

“Are you busy Saturday? We need help moving!” Hearing those words is music to no one’s ears. Wouldn’t it be great if people made moving easier on themselves and others? Like, in their choice of storage boxes?

Breaking News: Storage Boxes Matter!

A Good Storage Box…

  • Is sturdy. When moving, or helping someone move, the last thing you need is a box (that’s full of items) falling apart on you.
  • Is already taped on the bottom. Moving day isn’t “box construction” day. (In a related vein, an excellent taping job is worth a few extra seconds. A sloppy taping job will likely cause problems later.)
  • Has “handle holes”. You know, those 2 slots on 2 opposing sides. They make moving easy peasy.
  • Isn’t all “marked up”. Storage boxes used multiple times may have many words on the outside. Knowing what’s in the box should not require knowledge of the Da Vinci Code.
  • Has a removable lid (maybe). This feature is not required for every box, but “bankers boxes” make looking inside a box quick and easy.

A Great Self-Storage Facility…

May end up as the destination of those boxes. Here’s what to look for:

  • Enclosed grounds for the best security.
  • A well-lit storage facility, because sometimes we need access when it’s dark outside.
  • Wide access for moving trucks.
  • A clean well-kept site.
  • Affordably priced.
  • Convenient office hours.
  • A lock to put on your unit! Sometimes we forget this detail when using a storage facility. A refundable deposit allows us the use of a lock to secure our possessions!

So choose your storage boxes, and your self-storage facility, wisely. Make sure you contact us today when you (or friends) are moving!

Caring For A Senior Parent & Their Belongings

If you have a senior parent who is in need of a little more help and care, you might be stepping up to the job. Doing so can be a good way to ensure that your parent is getting the care that he or she needs and can save money on nursing home or home health aide costs, but it can put a lot of pressure on you as the caregiver. Luckily, though, there are steps that you can take that can make things easier, such as renting a storage unit. These are a few reasons why.

Caring For A Senior Parent & Their Belongings

Make Room for Your Stuff

Are you going to be moving in with your parent to provide care? If so, you might need to make a bit of room in your parent’s house for your own stuff. By renting a storage unit, you’ll have a safe place to store your loved one’s extra furniture or belongings so that you can make yourself at home.

Make Your Loved One’s Home Safer

Now that your parent is getting older, you might have concerns about his or her home that you did not have before. All of the beautiful throw rugs in the house might look great, for example, but they could cause a tripping hazard or could get in the way of a wheelchair or walker. The extra furniture in the home might have been there for years, but you might be worried that it makes it that much more difficult for your loved one to get around. By renting a storage unit, you can move these items out of the way to make for a safer and more accommodating home for your loved one.

As you can probably see, there are a few reasons why renting a storage unit can be a smart choice when you are trying to take care of a senior parent. If you are looking for a company that you can count on for all of your self-storage needs, contact us at Party Barn Self-Storage today!

5 Organizing Tips to Make Your Storage Space More Accessible

You put things in storage because you want to be able to retrieve them again when you need them, so why not make the process easier? The way you organize your storage space will help you find what you are looking for faster.

5 Organizing Tips to Make Your Storage Space More Accessible

Prioritize frequently used items. Think ahead before you start loading anything into your space. Put the items you’re going to need soonest and most often up in front so they stay in plain sight, and will be easy to retrieve.

Use smaller boxes. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably wind up with stacks of boxes in your unit. Even if you are careful to put the heavier boxes on the bottom, you may still be shifting things around occasionally. The more adjustments you make, the more thankful you will be that you kept the boxes as light as possible.

Store like things together. Advance planning will also help you to create zones for sports equipment or musical instruments. That way you won’t have to search the entire unit to locate one item.

Level up your labeling. As time goes by, you may forget what exactly is in that box you labeled “kitchen stuff” or “Grandpa.” Details are your friend. List the contents, and put a copy of the label on each side of the box. You may want to add photos too.

Create a center aisle. Aim to keep an open space down the middle of your unit. Leave yourself enough room to walk safely and comfortably.

Organizing your storage space may require a little planning, but you’ll save time in the long run, and avoid unnecessary stress. Contact us today to learn more about our clean and competitively priced storage units.

Local Storage Lets You Make Your Garage Your Cave

Maybe you spend time looking at other people’s man caves and she sheds on Instagram and Pinterest. Maybe you don’t even have to go online to feel envious because your neighbor is already flaunting a deluxe personal hideaway of their own. There is no reason for you to feel like you’re missing out because local storage can help you turn your garage into the cave of your dreams.

Local Storage Lets You Make Your Garage Your Cave

Relax and unwind. Most people crave a cave because they’re looking for a place to take a break from daily stress. For that to work, you can’t feel crowded in by out of season sports equipment and musical instruments your kids stopped playing. Put those items in storage so you’ll have space to claim for your own.

Hang out with friends. Now that you have space you might want to invite some friends over to share it. A pool table or conversation pit is a lot more fun than stacks of boxes.

Make more money. You might even generate some additional income now that you have a quiet place to think. Maybe you’ll come up with a proposal that will earn you a raise or maybe you’ll start selling your crafts.

Pursue your interests. Of course, your fulfillment is more important than money. Your cave is a success if you get to fill your life with any activities that leave you feeling more energized and fulfilled. Catch up on your reading or build your own dining room table.

Party Barn Self Storage has a wide range of options for your storage needs. Contact us to find out more about how we can make your moving and storage experience as easy as possible for you.

In A Band? Rent A Storage Unit!

If you are in a band and love rocking out with your other band mates, chances are good that your group could benefit from renting a storage unit. When you think about your band, you might think about making investments in equipment, working on booking gigs or just practicing, and renting a storage unit might have never come to mind. However, this can be handy for a few reasons. Here’s why.

In A Band? Rent A Storage Unit!

Central Location

When it comes time to rehearse or time to perform, having a central location to store all of your band’s equipment is ideal. This will make things flow effortlessly as well as efficiently anytime packing or unpacking is necessary.

Store Your Gear

Chances are good that you and your band mates have spent a lot of money on musical instruments, amplifiers, speakers and more. If so, it’s probably important for you to have a safe place to store all of these items. Storing them in your home can take up a lot of space, but if you store them in a storage unit, you don’t have to worry about the clutter in your home, but you’ll still know that your musical items are safe and secure. Plus, it’s a good place to store extra CD’s, T-shirts and fan gear and more.

As you can see, if you’re in a band and have not yet thought about renting a storage unit, it might be something to look into. If you’d like to find out more, contact us at Party Barn Self-Storage today!

Three Tips for Keeping your Belongings in Good Condition while in Storage

Putting belongings in storage is best done with care and consideration. Generally, items stored in a storage unit will be there for at least a few months and a lot can happen in that amount of time. Here are three tips to keep your effects in good condition during their time stowed away.

Three Tips for Keeping your Belongings in Good Condition while in Storage

  • Stacks, Not Rows- Items such as books are best stored by laying them flat and stacking them in a storage box, especially if other items will be stacked on top. This puts stress on the most stable, durable dimension of the book. The second best method is to line them up on end, as they would look when put on a shelf. If using this method, take care not to put anything heavy on top of your book box. The weight can damage the binding over time. It’s tempting to squeeze extra space out of a box by tucking a few books in with the spine facing up or down, but this puts stress on the binding and pages in the least stable dimension, especially if there is something piled on top of the box.
  • Roll it Up- Textiles such as heirloom quilts or large, vintage dresses are better stored rolled up than folded. Folds create high-stress areas that weaken the fabric of time. They can also lead to creases that can be difficult to remove. Removing them adds further stress and wear to already compromised areas. Rolling greatly reduces sharp folds which mean less wear. Using a layer of acid-free tissue paper when rolling adds more protection against deterioration.
  • The Annual Check-Up- Don’t forget to check in on your storage unit from time to time to make sure there aren’t problems. Issues like water leaks and insect infestation are some of the obvious concerns. Be on the lookout for crumpled or torn boxes as well. These usually present at the bottom level of a stack and can occur in a matter of months. Positioning the heaviest boxes with the most durable contents at the bottom can alleviate this. It’s also a good idea to periodically rotate the contents of your storage unit to redistribute heavy loads.

By following these tips you’ll help ensure your possessions stay in good condition for many years. For more information on storage units please contact us. We are eager to assist you in finding the optimum storage solution for your specific needs.

Extra Storage Eases the Burden on Caregivers

Caregiving can be a demanding job, but having extra storage space could take some of the pressure off you, and help you create a more orderly environment for the one you love. If you’re dealing with clutter creep on top of all your other responsibilities, see what a difference a self-storage unit could make.

Extra Storage Eases the Burden on Caregivers

Dealing with too much stuff: If you’re caring for senior parents or another relative, you’ve probably seen how possessions can add up over the years. In addition to any financial value, these objects often take on great importance for sentimental reasons. Trying to downsize becomes painful and time-consuming because it’s just too hard to let go of old golf clubs or children’s toys. Break through these deadlocks by picking up these objects and moving them off site into storage. It’s one method for getting them out of the way without causing too much stress.

Promoting safety: Clutter can create fire hazards and cause home accidents like tripping on the stairs or falling over a pile of newspapers. Discarding unnecessary items and putting others in storage doesn’t just make a home look better, it could prevent a visit to the hospital emergency room or even save a life.

Relieving anxiety: The emotional and psychological aspects of clutter often get overlooked, but these factors play a big role in the health and well-being of your loved one, as well as yourself. Feeling less crowded makes it easier to relax and think clearly.

Party Barn Self Storage in Wylie, Texas makes your moving and storage experiences as easy as possible. Contact us to learn more.

Avoid Regrets by Putting Your Old Furniture in Local Storage

Local storage is the ideal solution for items that are too big to keep around the house and too difficult to replace, which is pretty much the definition of old furniture. See why old furniture is worth hanging on to, and why self-storage is the place to keep it.

Avoid Regrets by Putting Your Old Furniture in Local StorageYou know you’re getting old when you start complaining about how things aren’t built the way they used to be. Then again, you’re right if you’re talking about furniture. You don’t have to be an expert on Antiques Roadshow to notice that older furniture is usually better built. Plus, it might have sentimental value for you.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can fit it in your home so there are times when a storage unit provides a suitable temporary home with space and climate-control features to protect your valuables:

Your family gives you furniture: If you have parents or other older relatives who are downsizing, you can take advantage of their generosity even if you live in a studio at the moment.

You’re saving furniture for your kids: They’re going to move out some day. Give them a head start with a real bed.

You love flea markets: Pick up pieces with potential, and store them until you have a chance to restore or refinish them. It may even become a side income for you, which could pay for the storage.

Whether you have a few pieces of quality furniture or an entire houseful, Party Barn has a unit that is the right size for you. Contact us today to discuss your storage options.